Acrylic & ink on canvas, 48x36
$2400 (Scroll down for purchase details)
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*High Commendation Recipient, "8th Annual Art4Apes Endangered Species Juried Show", Due to COVID - a virtual show instead of in the Miami Gallery, 2020
Did you know orangutans share 97% of our DNA and live with their mothers in order to bond for 6-8 years? Also, did you know a top reason orangutans are endangered is because babies are ripped away and sold as pets? The pet trade demand would not exist if humans stopped taking what is not theirs to take.
These animals won't last the 21st century if orangutans and their offspring continue dying or being hunted.
As a regular consumer we can all help in a big way by being aware of: Being mindful of our paper consumption and when we purchase food, cosmetics or other products as if they contain unsustainable palm oil, we are continuing to put these guys at risk of peril. Why? Rainforests in Malaysia and other areas are continuously being cleared/deforested to plant more and more fields of palms and trees to make paper and pulp, depleting critical habitats and endangering hundreds of species including orangutans.
There are approximately 110 thousand left in the wild and 2-3 thousand are killed each year.
I often infuse my work with clusters of symbols organized in different ways. These symbols represent all aspects of life on the planet, like biology, chemistry, alchemy, technology, mathematics, pop culture, tribal symbols and icons of my own.
Humanity’s impact on our world is so profound and life altering that it seems all exists either in chaos, perpetual conflict or imbalance between humans, technology and nature.
Going through creating these clusters allows me to organize and digest the chaos, and literally open up space to breathe within the work and myself. Otherwise, all open space would be filled with chaos.
My work, though it tells hard truths about how human behaviors and consumption habits affect life, it is about hope that the human race will create a sustainable planet where life and technological advances can live in balance.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and Save the Orangutan
Have partnered to conserve the orangutan species.
Click HERE to get up to date info, most recent births, etc
The below video was shared by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. It is full of reality and also plenty of hope. See to the end.
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